Archive for February, 2015

Join The Land trust of Virginia, Goose Creek Association, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters at this viewing of Plastic Paradise on March 6, 7pm at The Hill School, Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center , 130 S. Madison Street, Middleburg.  Doors open at 6:30.RSVP to info@goosecreek.org

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The second webinar in the USFWS Monarch Butterfly Conservation series is online for you to watch at your leisure.

This one is on Habitat Restoration Fundamentals: http://nctc.fws.gov/topic/online-training/webinars/monarch-conservation.html

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Martinis-Matter-2015_v1Save the Date:
Saturday, March 14th for Martinis Matter and The Wild Thing! A fundraising event benefiting Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
River Creek Club
Benjamin’s Tavern at River Creek Club
43800 Olympic Blvd, Leesburg
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun evening with over 40 fabulous raffle prizes

- Spa and salon services
- Dining gift certificates
- Golf foursomes and instruction at local private clubs
- Professional native landscaping consultations
- Gift certificates at native nurseries
- A day with a professional nature photographer
- 90 minute interior design makeover
- 1 hour flight in a private plane departing from Leesburg
- Private nature walk for five adults at Balls Bluff
- Family season pass to Great Country Farms
- Jewelry, art, and more!

Special live wildlife guests for photos or viewing: Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl

Live music by a local musician

Signature martini of the night: The Wild Thing!

All drink tickets $10

Raffle tickets:
$5 = 1 raffle ticket
$20 = 5 raffle tickets
$50 = 20 raffle tickets
$100 = 50 raffle tickets + 2 drink tickets

A Big THANK YOU to our Sponsors:

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Show Birds Some Love on Valentine’s Weekend:

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology which organizes this great day of citizen science:

“Give Mother Nature a valentine this year and show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The 18th annual count is taking place February 13 through 16.

Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.”

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BRCWinterWalk1Twenty folks showed up despite the threat of warm, spring-like weather—and were treated by a chilly, mostly overcast, wintery day and enjoyed exploring the fields and woods.

With the help of Zev, Ruby, Peyton and Landon the group discovered a great variety of overwintering insect larvae: all three types of Goldenrod galls: both European and Carolina Mantid casings; Tent caterpillar egg masses, Bag worm cases containing eggs and numerous moth and butterfly larvae attached to twigs with silk threads.

winterwalk3We also examined a number of plants and trees, their structure, buds and bark. We learned how Freddie and Alice met and took a ‘lichen’ to one another, examined acorns and walnuts as well as other berries and fruits that birds and other wildlife eat during the winter.

Attila helped us learn more about the operations of the Center, farm and early inhabitants of the area along Piney Run.  We were thrilled to see a sure sign of Spring:  Skunk Cabbages in bloom.

BRCWinterWalk2Although we were not searching for birds, we did see both Turkey and Black Vultures, flickers, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Song sparrows, Juncos, Robins and Bluebirds. As we neared the end of our walk we also got a very good look at several Hermit Thrushes flitting around Wortman Pond.

We hope to have everyone back for our next family excursion.

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4 boys and a girl (3 of 1)

Seventeen people showed up for last Sunday’s waterfowl tour sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

The trip started at Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park on the Potomac, where we found Canada Geese, Mallards, Bufflehead, Common and Hooded Mergansers, and at least four Common Goldeneyes.

Our next stop was Alder Lake, a small water retention pond in residential Ashburn, where the highlight of the stop for many was the chance to watch and listen to the courtship display of three male Hooded Mergansers competing for the favor of a single female. [These Hooded Mergansers are shown in the photo above taken by Sharon Moffett]

We also got good closeup looks at Mallards, Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, Ring-Necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, Great Blue Herons, and Ring-billed Gulls.

Mr Shoveler (3 of 1)[Northern Shoveler shown above. Photo by Sharon Moffett]

Our final stop was Algonkian Park, back on the Potomac, where we added American Wigeon and American Black Ducks to our day’s list, and got some good looks at Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Brown Creepers, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet  as a bonus.

Bill Brown, Herndon

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